Thanks to a lawsuit settlement, Americans will now be able to download the plans for a plastic gun that can be made with a 3-D printer. The single-shot .380 “Liberator” had been blocked for electronic distribution, but as of August 1, it will be completely legal for anyone to download. Of course this means the end of the world for Hollywood liberals who think this will be the new mass murderer’s weapon of choice. You know, because before now, there was no way for people to get their hands on a firearm to commit crimes.
Alyssa Milano of the “No Rifle Association” was given space to rant on CNN:
Imagine this: the convicted domestic abuser next door tries to buy a gun. He’s turned down because he fails his background check. When he gets home, he opens up his browser, and in half an hour he’s printing out his own undetectable, fully functional plastic gun, with no background check and no record of his purchase.
While it is legal to download the plans to this gun, it will still be illegal for prohibited persons to actually make one. The same way it is illegal for criminals to obtain firearms through theft or the black market. Nothing has changed and honestly, it’s still easier to buy an illegal gun than it is to print one out.
As of August 1, it will be a reality in America — unless we are able to stop it…this requires a legislative fix immediately…
Today is July 30 and these plans will be available in two days. Chances are it would be impossible to pass any legislation by Wednesday. In addition to not getting how the Constitution works, Milano seems blissfully unaware of the legislative process.
Due to a settlement between the State Department and Defense Distributed — a Texas based designer of 3D guns — felons, domestic abusers, terrorists, those adjudicated too mentally ill to own guns and any other person unable to legally purchase firearms will be able to print one at home. Depending on the printer, they can be untraceable and plastic, or they can be metal. People will be able to make anything from novelty guns to AR-15s. And we will never know — until it is too late.
You can’t actually make an AR-15 with a 3-D printer, just a lower receiver, which isn’t close to being a fireable weapon. But hey, this is a liberal anti-gun rant so facts be damned.
It is not hyperbole to say that this could mean the end of our ability to have meaningful gun violence prevention in America.
So 3-D printed guns means the end of unconstitutional gun control? Sounds good to me, what’s the problem?
There are those who will say that 3D printing of guns is not a major issue — that it’s unpractical or too expensive…It’s not…You could buy a printer fully capable of producing this gun for less than $1,000. The gun itself cost just $25 in materials to make…
So that’s $1,025 to a get a big goofy single-shot firearm that probably isn’t very accurate? For a couple hundred dollars a person could buy an actual handgun that fires multiple rounds and has a much better chance of hitting the target.
Imagine the damage one of these guns, even if it was only capable of firing one shot, could do aboard a plane. Or in a government office. Or in your child’s classroom.
It is only a single-shot weapon so the maximum damage I can imagine is a single death, which is much lower than the carnage capabilities of unlimited-use weapons like knives and baseball bats. I hope they don’t come up with 3-D printable blunt and sharp weapons because that would be a catastrophe.